This is an archive link to the story of Francisco Oropeza, a Hispanic in San Jacinto County who apparently went berserk and killed 5 people (ethnicity unknown). It doesn’t mention his name.
Reporter Trip Gabriel, retweeting this, refers to him as ”man.”
"A man who was asked to stop shooting in his yard because of the noise fatally shot at least five people, including an 8-year-old child, late on Friday night at a home north of Houston" https://t.co/OFY62lXLms— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) April 29, 2023
The fact that they don’t mention his name is surprising, because there’s a link in it to this story:
JUST IN: This is Francisco Oropeza. He’s the suspect accused of killing 5 people in a mass shooting in a San Jacinto Co. home. He’s believed to be armed. Several agencies searching for him in a wooded area about 2 miles from Walters rd trails end @KPRC2 https://t.co/rontnQNfvO pic.twitter.com/Xq7ZdhLjLm— KPRC 2 Corley Peel (@KPRC2Corley) April 29, 2023
With Oropeza’s name and picture.
That’s actually the Sheriff of San Jacinto County, Greg Capers, and when asked how they know the suspect’s name, he said in an interview with Click2Houston that they have his name, date of birth and his ”Mexican Consulate Card.” [8-year-old among 5 dead in mass shooting in San Jacinto County | Sheriff says their neighbor is the accused gunman, April 29, 2022].
I know that because I watched the video—the word ”Mexican” does not appear in the article.
Capers, whose county is 76 percent non-Hispanic white—i.e., actual Texans like himself—says in the video that he’s been working law enforcement for 41 years and this is the first mass shooting he’s seen.
That suggests that this not about Texas gun laws—it’s about building a wall, and deporting people.
And I’m serious about the headline making people think this is a white cowboy type: the Washington Post’s headline fooled Nicholas Kristof:
This is what happens in Gun Nation: A Texan asks his neighbor to stop shooting his AR-15 because it's 11pm and his infant is trying to sleep. Police say the gun owner then shot dead five in the neighbors' family, including an 8-year-old. https://t.co/ds4upyAkZ4— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) April 29, 2023
See Gunman killed neighbors, child with AR-15-style rifle, sheriff says, by Justine McDaniel and Andrea Salcedo, April 29, 2023.